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Fogo honored by nephrology society for education efforts

BY: LEIGH MACMILLAN

12/08/2011 - Agnes Fogo, M.D., is the 2011 recipient of the Robert G. Narins Award from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). The award honors “individuals who have made substantial and meritorious contributions in education and teaching,” according to the society.

Agnes Fogo, M.D.

Agnes Fogo, M.D.

“I am so humbled and pleased to receive this honor, not just personally, but as a wonderful tribute for the specialty of renal pathology,” said Fogo, the John L. Shapiro Professor of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, and professor of Medicine and Pediatrics.

Fogo’s teaching accomplishments include developing and leading the basic renal pathology course that is an annual feature of ASN Kidney Week, the world’s premier nephrology meeting. She also developed the ASN Renal Biopsy Short Course for Kidney Week, which brings together nephrologists, pathologists and microscopists to study challenging renal biopsies and discuss clinical correlations.

The author of two textbooks on renal pathology, Fogo created a free Web-based Atlas of Renal Pathology, which has become a widely used resource for teaching renal pathology.

She is a section editor of the journals Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension and Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation, and an associate editor of Laboratory Investigation.

Fogo’s research focuses on the progression and potential regression of chronic kidney disease.

“Dr. Fogo is a world class renal pathologist, investigator and a superb educator,” said Samuel Santoro, M.D., Ph.D., Dorothy B. and Theodore R. Austin Professor and Chair of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology.

“Her educational contributions span the full spectrum from medical students, to residents, to fellows in renal pathology and nephrology to her colleagues in renal pathology and nephrology. Her contributions range from the local level here at Vanderbilt to the national and international stages. Agnes Fogo is richly deserving of this recognition. We are proud to have her as a colleague.”

A 1981 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Fogo joined the faculty in 1987.

She directs the Division of Renal Pathology and Electron Microscopy, and the NIDDK-funded Research Center of Excellence in Pediatric Nephrology, one of two such centers in the country.

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